November 24, 2011, Great Falls Tribune

A Great Falls man was charged Thursday with elder abuse, forgery, trespass to property and the attempted kidnapping of his 81-year-old mother.

According to police, Mark Aafedt admitted to police that he had written 40 to 50 checks from his mother’s bank account without her permission. He also admitted he was aware of his mother’s diminishing mental capacity and lack of ability to manage her own financial accounts.

Concerns about Aafedt’s mother were expressed to police previously by Mark Aafedt’s brother, Joe Aafedt. Joe reported to the police suspicions of his brother’s activities after noticing a box of his mother’s rings had gone missing and checks that had been written for $5,402, police said.

The elderly woman is a resident at Eagles Manor, where, after a reported dispute between the brothers, Mark Aafedt was told by police to stay away from the property.

On Nov. 21, Joe Aafedt spoke with Detective Bruce McDermott about concerns for his mother’s safety, fearing that his brother would attempt to kill or kidnap their mother for financial gain, according to the police.

Two days later, Joe Aafedt called police to inform them that Mark Aafedt was at the Eagles Manor trying to take their mother. Eagle Manor staff had told Mark Aafedt he was not supposed to be there or remove his mother from the property but he insisted that he would return her in 45 minutes and was just going out for ice cream, police said.

Police then found Mark Aafedt at Snyder Drug with his mother and he was arrested with no incident. Police said Mark Aafedt showed signs of mental issues, depression over losing his house and other financial problems.